Vox - 29 Jan 2018
In our December Barometer, we said that Trump is likely to be re-elected. This article explains why: “Trump is making us a little more like him, and politics a little more like the tribal clash he says it is”. The reason why so many people seem unable to understand the US President’s appeal is their ignorance of “Trump’s law”: attention creates value. This is a must-read article. In short: analysts and pundits ignore Trump’s achievement and the unprecedented nature of his success at their peril (reads in 7-9 min).
Published in Weekly selection 2 February 2018
Foreign Affairs (metered paywall) - 24 Jan 2018
The deceptive use of information for hostile purposes constitutes sharp power. Information warfare always existed but two things are new: the speed and ease with which such disinformation can spread and the low cost of spreading it. Sharp power does little to enhance the soft power of its perpetrators, and in some cases does the opposite. Defending against sharp power is not easy, but openness is key (reads in 7-9 min).
Published in Weekly selection 26 January 2018
The New Yorker - 8 Jan 2018
In an unfamiliar moment, China’s pursuit of a larger role in the world coincides with America’s pursuit of a smaller one: as Donald Trump surrenders America’s global commitments, Xi Jinping is learning to pick up the pieces. In the age of “America First,” the time for China to project its own values abroad has come far sooner than expected. A must read to understand how the relations between the two countries, and between each and the rest of the world, might evolve (reads in 15-18 min).
Published in Weekly selection 5 January 2018